2008 Guy Rotherham Award Winners Announced

The Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP, Secretary of State for Health, has announced the winners of the Improvement Foundation's Guy Rotherham Award 2008 for their achievements in using quality techniques to provide outstanding services to patients.

The winners of the Improvement Foundation's Guy Rotherham Award were announced at the NHS Alliance's 11th Annual Conference in Bournemouth. There is one Winner and three further ‘Highly Commended' entries.

 

2008 Winner: South Tyneside Intermediate Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment Service (STIMATS) - Tyneside GPs and Physiotherapists

South Tyneside Intermediate Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment Service (STIMATS) has won the Guy Rotherham Award for the excellent community-based musculoskeletal service it provides to the South Tyneside area. The service is implemented by a team of six clinicians, including physiotherapists, and is supported by South Tyneside Primary Care Trust.

Prior to its development, many patients with musculoskeletal problems were referred to an over-pressured secondary care service when, in most cases, they could have been assessed and managed in primary care. STIMATS offers rapid access and a choice of community clinics. It also offers exceptionally long appointment times to allow a holistic approach. The service has streamlined patient care and improved the confidence of patients and their GPs to manage their conditions themselves.

For further information on this entry, please click here to read the full case study.

 

Highly Commended Entry: B-clear - Opportunistic Chlamydia Screening Service - Sexual Health Team, Stoke-on-Trent

The first highly commended award went to The Piccadilly Centre Sexual Health Team for B-clear: Opportunistic Chlamydia Screening Service. The service is supported by Stoke-on-Trent PCT, North Staffordshire PCT, South Staffordshire PCT, Herefordshire PCT, Shropshire County PCT and Telford & Wrekin PCT.

Following the launch of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme in 2003, management was devolved to Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to identify barriers to screening uptake and implement a robust fit-for-purpose programme. B-clear was set-up as a bespoke data management system plus infrastructure, including innovative methods of contacting patients, online services and marketing to support local chlamydia screening to reduce sexual health inequalities.

For further information on this entry, please click here to read the full case study.

 

Highly Commended Entry: Unique Care Project - St Lawrence Surgery, Worthing, Sussex

The second highly commended award went to the Unique Care Team at St Lawrence Surgery in Worthing. The team is supported by West Sussex PCT and West Sussex Social Care.

The St Lawrence Surgery has followed a Unique Care programme which helps patients with complex long-term conditions within the primary care setting. It involves setting up a coordinated approach between health, social care and other services and is particularly aimed at patients over 65.

For further information on this entry, please click here to read the full case study.

 

Highly Commended Entry: Bexley Community Cardiology Service - Bexley Care Trust

The third highly commended award went to Bexley Care Trust for the development and implementation of a new Community Cardiology service for Bexley. The service is supported by North Bexley PBC (practice based commissioning) Consortium, Physiological Measurements Ltd (PML), and Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust.

With cardiovascular disease being a huge health burden, access to early diagnostics, intervention and treatment can greatly improve health outcomes. Bexley Care Trust developed an innovative community-based approach to this problem which included directing patients to a high quality patient management centre and community based diagnostic clinics. This project has proved successful by increasing choice for patients and care closer to home, coupled with reducing waiting times for diagnostics, it has enabled early intervention and improved treatment and health of patients.

For further information on this entry, please click here to read the full case study.

 

Comment

Ruth Kennedy, Chief Executive of the Improvement Foundation said: "The Guy Rotherham Award is now in its fourth year and mirrors our vision for achieving high-quality healthcare. Outstanding projects often go unnoticed and this is a great opportunity to acknowledge the exceptional improvements that organisations and individuals are making across a range of services in primary and community care. The standard of applications this year was really exceptional but the winning and highly commended entries stood out for their high impact improvement outcomes. We want to congratulate all four teams for their innovation and effort, and believe them to be fantastic cases of how a quality improvement approach can result in better outcomes for patients."

The Guy Rotherham Award - now in its fourth year - celebrates the work of Guy Rotherham who died in 2003. Guy was instrumental in setting up the National Primary Care Development Team, which was incorporated by the Improvement Foundation in 2006.

For further information on the Award, please click here.

 

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